Jackson County Obituaries...

AUGUST 20, 2003

Annette Phillips
Mrs. Annette Phillips, 63, of Jefferson, died Monday, August 18, 2003.
Born in Jackson County, Mrs. Phillips was a daughter of the late Reedy and Emma Myers Walker. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Josh Phillips, and a brother, R.L. Walker.
Mrs. Phillips was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 20, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Joel Shadburn officiating. Burial was in the White Plains Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Phillips is survived by her husband, Sam Phillips, Jefferson; sons and daughters-in-law, Steve and Wendy Phillips, Winder, and Terry and Susan Phillips, Commerce; daughter, Connie Phillips Black, Jefferson; brother, Jimmy Walker, Detroit, Mich.; sisters, Dot Walker and Myrna Long, both of Greensboro, and Linda Moody, Crawford; and grandchildren, Brandy Baldwin, Danielle Phillips, Dusty Black, Christina Phillips and Jagger Phillips.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 20, 2003

Mae Bell M. Brock
Mrs. Mae Bell Miller Brock, 94, of Nicholson, died Wednesday, August 13, 2003, at her residence of an extended illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Brock was the daughter of the late Coke Mann and Elizabeth Hix Miller. She was the wife of the late Jack H. Brock, and was preceded in death by a daughter, Betty Jo Brock Smallwood.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, August 15, in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Survivors include a grandson, Terry Dean Smallwood; great-grandsons, Terry Chase Smallwood and Terry Dean Strickland; and a brother, Grady Miller, Nicholson.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 20, 2003

Alma B. Houston
Miss Alma Beth Houston, 60, of Commerce, died Monday, August 18, 2003, at her residence.
Miss Houston was born December 6, 1942, in Jackson County. She was the daughter of Kathryn Benton Houston, Commerce, and the late Lewis Houston.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 20, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Kent Cranford officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
In addition to her mother, Miss Houston is survived by a brother, Clyde Houston, Elberton.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 20, 2003

Patricia N. Pilgrim
Ms. Patricia “Pat” Nicholson Pilgrim, 42, of Danielsville, died at the home of her uncle and aunt, Edward and Mary Watts, Pendergrass, Saturday, August 16, 2003.
Born in Stephens County, Ms. Pilgrim had lived in Danielsville for the past 20 years. She was a daughter of the late Columbus and Gracie Watts Nicholson.
Ms. Pilgrim was employed in the poultry industry for many years and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 19, in the chapel of Hunter Funeral Home, Clayton, with Layman Lloyd Hunter officiating. Burial was in the Wiley Cemetery.
In addition to her uncle and aunt, Ms. Pilgrim is survived by her companion, Scott Bassett, Danielsville; three sisters, Melissa Nicholson, Loretta Roberts and Charlene Goss, all of Colbert; one brother, Russell Nicholson, Wiley; five nephews and several uncles, aunts and cousins.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 20, 2003

Bobby R. Wood
Bobby Randall Wood, 50, of Nicholson, died Wednesday, August 13, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following a sudden illness.
Mr. Wood was a son of Auston Wood and the late Mary Lena Hardy Wood. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Tina Annette Wood.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 16, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
In addition to his father, Mr. Wood is survived by his wife, Peggy Morrow Wood, of the home; one son, Bobby Randall Wood Jr., Nicholson; four daughters, Maranda Wood, Snellville, Candice Wood, Nicholson, Crystal Wade, Center, and Deana Wood, Danielsville; one step-son, Jason Smart, Nicholson; two brothers, Billy Wood, Nicholson, and James Wood, Hull; two sisters, Hilda Wilson, Commerce, and Patricia Mutha, Marietta; and two grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 20, 2003

Ray B. Erwin
Ray B. Erwin, 71, of Maysville, formerly of Demorest, died Wednesday, August 13, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mr. Erwin was born in Habersham County on October 4, 1931. He was a son of the late John Candler Erwin and Margie Morris Erwin.
Mr. Erwin was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict and retired from Cornelia Tractor Co. and Schnadig Corporation. He attended Northside Baptist Church.
Mr. Erwin was preceded in death by four sisters, Maybelle Ivie, Caroline Watkins, Pauline Batson and Fannie Tilson, and three brothers, James L. Erwin Sr., John Coleman Erwin and Ernest Erwin.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 16, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Revs. Clyde Garrison and Newton Jackson officiating. Burial was in the New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Kathy Erwin Turpin, Maysville; son, John Ray Erwin, Demorest; sisters, Ethel Smith, Ollie Thompson Tench and Lovenia Simmons, all of Cornelia; brother, Homer L. Erwin, Cornelia; and two grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 20, 2003

Rena ‘Momma Nic’ Nicholson
Mrs. Rena “Momma Nic” Nicholson, 81, of Gainesville, died Thursday, August 14, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center following a brief illness.
Mrs. Nicholson was the daughter of the late Clarence Embert and Agnes Reeves Sosebee. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Brenda McCracken.
Mrs. Nicholson was a retired USDA Poultry Inspector and of the Christian faith. She loved to garden and crochet, said family members.
Mrs. Nicholson’s wishes were to be cremated. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Shields, Murrayville, and Jodi Garmany, Gainesville; two sons, Ronnie Nicholson, Gainesville, and Jamie Nicholson, Royston; one brother, Jerry Sosebee, Gillsville; sister-in-law, Claudine Sosebee, Dahlonega; 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Contributions may be made to the Humane Society, P.O. Box 725, Cornelia, GA 30531.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 20, 2003

Joseph H. Pace
Joseph H. Pace, 93, of Commerce, died Sunday, August 17, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Pace was born in Jackson County on March 29, 1910. He was the son of the late George and Effie Banks Pace.
Mr. Pace was retired from Lyons Garment Company and was a member of Liberty Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 20, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Donald Wilson officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park, Athens.
Mr. Pace is survived by his wife, Lula Hillsman Pace, Commerce; two sons, Jack Pace, St. Petersburg, Fla., and Jerry Pace, Jacksonville, Fla.; one daughter, Brenda Pace, Austell; one step-daughter, Janet Jordan, Watkinsville; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, two step-great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 20, 2003

Mary G. Varsakelis
Mrs. Mary Grace Gordon Varsakelis, 59, of Gallatin, Tenn., died Tuesday, August 19, 2003, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Athens.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 21, at Webbs Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. John Gordon officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

William R. Fowler
William Robert Fowler, 62, of Jefferson, died Wednesday, August 6, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mr. Fowler was born July 16, 1941, in Barrow County. He was a son of the late Robert Frank Fowler and Willonell Fowler Pressley.
Mr. Fowler was employed as a roofer.
Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, August 8, in the Center Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Pendergrass, with the Rev. Tim Strickland officiating.
Mr. Fowler is survived by his wife, Charlotte Fowler, Jefferson; son, William Carlton Fowler, Jefferson; daughter, Renee Fowler, Jefferson; also sons, Bill Fowler, Gainesville, and Wiley William Fowler, Commerce; also daughters, Mary Ann Page, Fayetteville, N.C., and Edna Marie Tatum, Ila; brother, Edward Fowler, Winder; sisters, Shelby Presley, Commerce, and Sheila Beck, Pendergrass; and eight grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 20, 2003

Roy B. Payne Jr.
Roy B. Payne Jr., 49, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, August 19, 2003, at his residence following an extended illness.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 21, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Dean Head and Jesse Mealor officiating. Burial will be in the Galilee Christian Church Cemetery, Jefferson.
Memorials may be made to The People’s Bank, P.O. Box 788, Winder, GA 30680, Attn: Susan McWhorter, to the account in memory of Roy Payne Jr., American Cancer Society Relay for Life.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Shirley A. Pinion
Ms. Shirley Ann Pinion, 34, of Buford, died Tuesday, August 12, 2003.
A native of Gwinnett County, Ms. Pinion was a daughter of James Junior Pinion, Buford, and the late Grace Kennedy Pinion.
She was employed as a sales clerk and was a member of Sharon Baptist Church, Suwanee.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, August 15, in the chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home, Buford, with the Rev. Roland Jackson officiating. Burial was in the Peachtree Road Baptist Church Cemetery, Suwanee.
Survivors, in addition to her father, include a sister and brother-in-law, Tracy and Craig Reichart, Hoschton; nephews, Todd Baker and Andrew Reichart, both of Hoschton; and aunts, uncles and cousins.
Flanigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 20, 2003

James E. Williamson
James Eugene Williamson, 56, of Winterville, died Wednesday, August 13, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center following injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Mr. Williamson was born April 25, 1947, in Jackson County, a son of the late Boyce and Stella Cooper Williamson.
Mr. Williamson was employed as a building contractor and was the owner of C&MS (Construction and Maintenance Specialist). He attended Victory Life Church in Watkinsville.
Mr. Williamson was preceded in death by a brother, David Boyce Williamson.
Funeral services were held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, August 16, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Tony Cowan and David Cooper officiating. Burial was in Williamson Cemetery, Arcade. Jerimiah Stidle, Trey Dickerson, Andrew Williamson, Chris Williamson, David Williamson and Russell Williamson served as pallbearers.
Mr. Williamson is survived by his wife, Janice Daves Williamson, Winterville; four sons, Andrew Williamson, Watkinsville, Chris Williamson, Jefferson, and David Williamson and Russell Williamson, both of Athens; one daughter, Denise Williamson, Hull; four sisters, Faye Allen, Bowersville, Annie Gurley, Jefferson, Mary Hammer, Camarillo, Calif., and Martha Wright, Lavonia; and three grandchildren.
Contributions may be made to the charity or church of one’s choice.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 20, 2003

Willette W. Brown
Mrs. Willette Walters Brown, 65, of Commerce, died Sunday, August 17, 2003, at Cobb Memorial Hospital.
A native of Franklin County, Mrs. Brown was a daughter of the late Lonnie Grady and Addie Chastain Walters. She was the wife of the late Joe Cohen Brown.
Mrs. Brown was a homemaker and a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Melvin Walters, Junior Walters and Chapman Walters, and a sister, Clair Lee Brown.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, August 19, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Donald Wilson officiating. Burial was in Franklin Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Alan Cooke, Commerce; son and daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Mary Brown, Commerce; grandchildren, Kelly Brown, Denver, Colo., and Cohen Cooke and Katie Cooke, both of Commerce; and sisters, Nobie Mills, Toccoa, Eula Royston, Royston, and Geneva Chrisp, Hartwell.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 20, 2003

Beulah M. Smith
Mrs. Beulah M. Smith, 78, of Tennessee, died Wednesday, August 13, 2003, at her home of an extended illness.
Mrs. Smith was the wife of Fred Smith.
“She was a good Christian lady and well loved by her whole family,” it was stated. “She will be missed.”
Survivors include her children, Brian Smith, Dennis Smith, Larry Smith and Gail Smith, all of Tennessee; daughter-in-law, Mrs. Brian (Janet) Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim (Millie) Gray, Maysville; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
The Jackson Herald, August 20, 2003

M.P. Garrison
M.P. Garrison, 75, of Commerce, died Thursday, August 14, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following a brief illness.
Mr. Garrison was born in Jackson County on September 21, 1927. He was the son of the late Joseph Fred and Dessie Garrison.
Mr. Garrison was a retired weaver with Harmony Grove Mills, Commerce, and was a member of Dry Pond United Methodist Church, Maysville.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 16, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with Dr. Gerald Mitton and the Rev. Bob Lewis officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce. Keith Highfield, David Lee, Jerry Merck, Calvin Sanders, Jeff Sanders and Ricky Sanders served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Melissa Cain, Joley Klugh, Joe Merk, Cathy Parham, Joni Patrick, Carol Pound and Teresa Wood.
Mr. Garrison is survived by his wife, Mildred Sanders Garrison, Commerce; and three sisters, Jessie Bell Benton, Commerce, Flora Harrison, Maysville, and Freddie Ruth Merk, Athens.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 20, 2003

Richard
‘Ricky’ Nichols
Richard Lee “Ricky” Nichols, 45, of Winder, formerly of Hoschton, died Saturday, August 16, 2003.
Mr. Nichols was born in Barrow County. He was employed in residential construction. Mr. Nichols was preceded in death by his father, Andrew J. Nichols Sr., in 2001.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, August 18, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Howard Banks officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include his mother, Lottie Page Nichols, Winder; brothers and sisters-in-law, Andrew Jr. and Annette Nichols, Hoschton, and Roger and Betty Nichols, Winder; brother, Donald Nichols, Eclectic, Ala.; 10 nieces and nephews and six great-nieces and nephews.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 20, 2003

Howard Leachman
Howard Leachman, 85, of Bryson City, N.C., died Sunday, August 17, 2003.
A native of Banks County, Mr. Leachman was a son of the late George and Eller Kelly Leachman.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, August 19, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Kenneth Baker officiating. Burial was in the Nicholson Cemetery.
Survivors include a son, Gene Leachman, Athens; daughters, Elizabeth Baker, Bryson City, N.C., and Shirley Leachman, Maysville; brother, Curtis Leachman, Commerce; sister, Mae Bell Wilkes, Hartwell; 10 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 20, 2003

Janna Blanchard
Mrs. Janna Blanchard, 84, of Cottage Grove, Minn., died Saturday, August 16, 2003, at Bethesda of South St. Paul after a brief illness.
Mrs. Blanchard was a World War II veteran.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, August 25, at The Cremation Society of Minnesota, Brooklyn Park Chapel, Brooklyn Park, Minn. Burial will be on Tuesday, August 26, at Fort Snelling Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minn.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and Ed Jurva, Anoka, Minn., Luanna and Richard Olsen, Cottage Grove, Minn., and Tari and Doug Anderson, Lula; and grandchildren, Amanda Anderson and Aaron Anderson, Lula, and Jeffrey Pearce, Commerce.
The Cremation Society of Minnesota is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 20, 2003

Arthur Mae
‘Geny’ Sheridan
Mrs. Arthur Mae “Geny” Sheridan, of Royston, died Tuesday, August 19, 2003.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 21, at Franklin Springs Baptist Church with the Revs. Williard Crider, Frankie Sheridan and David Coker officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family is at the home of Danny and Sallie Prewett, 708 Skyline Drive, Toccoa, and at the home of Mrs. Lenonia Brown, 339 Dovetown Road, Apt. 122, Royston. They were to have received friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston. The body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
Pruitt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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